Jenya is no stranger to Modblog. In fact long term readers have watched him evolve into the modern modded man he is today. Fortunately, he was nice enough to chat with me on Skype a while back to answer some questions about him and his mods. His native tongue is Russian, so I had to clean up the grammar on his answers a bit to make it easily understandable, but I did my best not to change the context whatsoever.
For the interview and a few pictures documenting his evolution, keep on keeping on.
Sean Philips: So why don’t you give me some basic info to start; age, sexual preference, location and career.
Jenya: My name is Jenya. I am russian, 23 year old on the 28 january will be 24 years old. I am heterosexual. I was born in and live in Perm city, but I to want live in St. Petersburg and in the spring I’m going to leave this city (Perm). I make teflon body jewelry (in white, black and blue colors).
Sean Philips: Wow, only 23, you have quite the collections of body mods for such a young guy. How did you get started on that path?
Jenya: I was 18 when I pierced my lobes for their further stretching.
Sean Philips: So right off the bat you knew you wanted stretched lobes, what lead to that decision?
Jenya: In the past I have seen many pictures on BMEzine. I was delighted by such body modification and I really wanted to do the same. I wanted something that I could see in real life when I looked in the mirror and something I could experience for myself.
Sean Philips: Very cool. So what inspired you to start stretching your lip piercing for the lip plate?
Jenya: I saw it on BMEzine as well. I saw it on a few IAM members; Raur, pharmacist and some other people as well. I really wanted to try it. I like how it looks, but when I increased the size of the hole in my lip, then I wanted more and more. My motivation came primarily from MobyK. He helped me to understand that the more – the better. When I saw pictures of different tribes people with large lip plates I would wonder as to how much is practical? How do they eat, communicate, and live with such large lips? I wanted to find the answer to these questions within myself. Many of these questions I have since found answers to through the stages of my lip getting bigger. Now I’m wondering how it will be to have a 50mm or 100mm medusa and if I can live with a 200 x 100 mm lip plate.
Jenya: Sorry for my english :)
Sean Philips: No problem it’s far better than my Russian.
Sean Philips: So how is it living with the lip plate in your daily life?
Jenya: This is very interesting. Before I asked the same question, but now I can honestly say I love eating with my big lips. This modification did not cause any inconvenience to my regular activities. I still eat, drink, sleep, talk. I also really love this big smile. When I smile looking in the mirror, it improves mood, I get a positive on the whole day! I have only positive thoughts. thereby I attract only good things in my way.
Sean Philips: That’s an awesome outlook, I like that a lot. So you love your mods, but how does the general public deal with your mods, I am sure you get a lot of attention? Also, what about your family, do they support your choices?
Jenya: Yes, I get A LOT of attention. The reactions are always different. When I am walking down the street with an open face, I notice some people’s reaction. I often can hear the enthusiasm or hatred directed at me. I can see through to almost everyone. From how they treat me I can assume how they were brought up. I do love it when people like how I look. I give them my smile and they return a smile for me. I think it’s great. When I encounter people who scream negative things at me, I do not pay attention to it, I move on. I think they are just uneducated people. To me they are very sad. My family is very fond of me, despite my appearance. My mom does not like how I look, but she does not tell me this, so I think all is well!
Sean Philips:That’s great. We can’t expect everyone to love our decisions but so long as they can love us in spite of them, it’s a good thing. So what’s next? Any major mod plans lie ahead for you?
Jenya: I really want to stretch my lips bigger. I don’t know how practical it will be, but I love the look of them at the size of 200 by 100mm. I also love big septums. I really want to have a really big septum, but it is very difficult for me, because sometimes I have problems with keloids.
Sean Philips: 200×100mm, that is certainly ambitious as far as lip stretching goes, I hope it goes well for you. So the human platypus thing, could you explain that?
Jenya: The platypus has a large bill which is very similar in appearance to the large stretched lips for human. Also, I really like the sound of the word “platypus” in English.
Sean Philips: Is this a theme you plan to carryon further, like how the Lizardman transforms himself more and more to continue the lizard theme, or is this more of a nickname?
Jenya: It’s more of a nickname, I think the name “platypus” may be suitable for all people with big lips.
Sean Philips: Fair enough. So to anyone planning who may plan on taking their mods to the same extreme as you, do you have any words of wisdom to share?
Jenya: For these people? Yes. Never be in a hurry for a stretch. If you want big lips – you’ll have it, but after some time. The slower you go the bigger you can get…………..and good luck!
So what do you guys think, could these two be brothers or what?